October’s Word Up will be Thursday, October 8th, at the usual location – Unity Cafe, 25 Toronto Street, Barrie.
Since fall has arrived and halloween is on it’s way, we have invited some authors to read their scariest works! (Not scary, as in they are horrible. Scary as in, around the camp fire, late at night, spooky.) We also look forward to hearing what our local writers have to bring for us for open mic.
Suzanne Church lives in Ontario, the cold one in Canada. She is an outlier and a media junkie who when cornered becomes fiercely Canadian. She writes Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror because she enjoys them all and hates to play favorites. Her award-winning fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Cicada and On Spec, and in several anthologies. She’s currently writing a trilogy in Ed Greenwood’s new Hellmaw Universe. Her collection of short fiction, “Elements” is nominated for a 2015 Aurora Award and is available in print and pixels at bookstores, Amazon, and from EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing.
Bruce Meyer is professor of Creative Writing and Communications at Georgian College and Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature at Victoria College in the University of Toronto. His most recent books include The Seasons (Porcupine’s Quill Press) that received the silver IP Medal from the Independent Publishers Association of America and was runner-up for the Indie Fab Foreword Prize from the Independent Booksellers Association of America for the best book of poem published in North America in 2014. He is author of 46 books of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, pedagogy (textbooks), and literary journalism. His other recent books include The Obsession Book of Timbuktu (Black Moss Press), Testing the Elements (Exile Editions), and Time of the Last Goal: Why Hockey is Our Game (Black Moss Press). With Barry Callaghan, he recently released a new edition of We Wasn’t Pals: Canadian Poetry of the First World War (Exile Editions with an Afterword by Margaret Atwood), and The Golden Thread: A Reader’s Journey Through the Great Books (Harper Collins) was a national bestseller in 2000. His broadcasts on literature, The Great Books, A Novel Idea, and Great Poetry are the CBC’s bestselling spoken work cds. At Word Up, Meyer will be launching two new books, The Arrow of Time (poetry from Ronsdale Press) and A Chronicle of Magpies (short stories from Tightrope Books).
Julianne Snow, contributor and writer at DarkMedia, publicist and owner of Sirens Call Publications who will read from her book, Days with the Undead.
Monica Keubler, editor at Eye Morgue magazine, founder and editor-in-chief of Burning Effigy Press and author of Blood Magic, a young adult horror and urban fantasy series. She’s working on her second poetry collection, The Sick and the Beautiful. We’re hoping she offers up some spoken work for us, and show’s Shane L.S. Dennis how it’s done.